The fastest train access to Tottori from Okayama. Limited Express Super Inaba

Super Inaba is operated by KIHA 187 series. It is usually only two cars in the formation. (C) Mitsuki-2368 – West Japan Railway DC kiha 187 series Super inaba

Limited Express Super Inaba (スーパーいなば) connects Okayama (岡山) with Tottori (鳥取). It is connected with Shinkansen and Sunrise Izumo/Sunrise Seto. This is the fastest access to Tottori from Tokyo by Sunrise Seto and Sunrise Izumo. If you access to Tottori from Okayama and to the west from Okayama, such as Hiroshima, Hakara and all places in Kyushu and Shikoku. But this train goes through non JR line, Chizu Kyuko Railway. It is operated on same route as Super Hakuto between Kamigori and Tottori. That means you need to pay extra if you use this train by Japan Rail Pass. If you don’t want to pay extra, get on Limited Express Yakumo from Okayama to Yonago and transfer to another Limited Express Super Matsukaze or Limited Express Super Oki to Tottori. However travel time of this combination is at least 1.5 hours longer than Super Inaba. Sometimes it may take more because of connection at Yonago.

Super Inaba is the best route to Tottori from Okayama and west part of Japan anyway. I will show you about route, schedule and accommodations.

Route, schedule and travel time

Tottori-sakyu Sand Dunes is most popular spot in Tottori. ©Tottori Prefecture/©JNTO

There are six round trips between Okayama and Tottori. Trains are operated mostly every 2 hours. Travel time is 1 hour 50 minutes from Okayama to Tottori. If you take Sunrise Izumo from Tokyo, you can continue to travel to Yonago and transfer to Super Matsukaze or Super Oki to Tottori. You don’t need to pay any extra charge on Japan Rail Pass. You can take Limited Express Yakumo from Okayama to Yonago as well if you travel from Okayama or other cities in west part of Japan. You can avoid to pay extra on Japan Rail Pass too. But travel time to Yonago from Okayama is 2 hours 10 minutes. And you have to spend sometime to transfer at Yonago. And then you will spend another 1 hour to get Tottori from Yonago. If you don’t want to spend more than 1 hour, you have to accept extra charge. I will tell you about extra charge on Japan Rail Pass later.

If you travel from Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Himeji, get on Limited Express Super Hakuto or Limited Express Hamakaze.

Limited Express Super Inaba makes a stop at these stations:
Okayama (岡山) – Kamigori (上郡) – Sayo (佐用) – Ohara (大原) – Chizu (智頭) – Koge (郡家) – Tottori (鳥取)


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Extra charge on Japan Rail Pass

As I mentioned, you have to pay extra if you use this train by Japan Rail Pass. You have to pay 1,260 yen for the base fare. And also you have to pay one of these following fares:

Non Reserved Oridnary seat410 yen
Reserved Oridnary seat510 yen
Green seatNot available

Accommodation and train formations

If you get the first row seat, you may get panoramic view. (C) Bakkai – Chizu Express Koiyamagata Station platform

Super Inaba is operated by KIHA 187 series. There is only ordinary class. No Green seat is available on this train. The seat configuration is 2+2 and the seat pitch is 970 mm. There is no difference between non reserved seat and reserved seat. On board sales is not available. Please prepare drink or food if you want before boarding.

Train formation

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RNR

*R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
Smoking is not allowed on this train.

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12 thoughts on “The fastest train access to Tottori from Okayama. Limited Express Super Inaba”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    We will be buying the Kansai Wide Area Pass, and going to Tottori from Izumisano. Could you please help us to confirm that this route is okay?

    0618: Izumisano to Kansai Airport (Nankai Airport Express, fare: 490 yen, not covered by pass)
    0627: Arrive at Kansai Airport
    0640: Kansai Airport to Shin-Osaka (Ltd Exp Haruka 2)
    0737: Arrive at Shin-Osaka
    0753: Shin-Osaka to Okayama (Shinkansen Mizuho 603)
    0837: Arrive at Okayama
    0914: Okayama to Tottori via Kamigori (Ltd Exp Super Inaba 3, additional surcharge payable)
    1104: Arrive at Tottori

    a) I read online that the additional surcharge for Kansai Wide Area Pass holders is 1720 yen (non-reserved seat)/1820 yen (reserved seat) per way from Kamigori to Tottori. But from Hyperdia , the fare is 1880 yen + 1990 yen/1170 yen (surcharge for reserved/non-reserved seat). Which one is correct?
    b) Where do we pay this surcharge? Can we get on the train first and pay the conductor when he checks our passes?
    c) As we don’t have reserved seats on the Super Inaba, we plan to queue early at Okayama station. Do you think it will be crowded? We are taking this train on 24 March (Saturday) and we need 2 seats + space for one big suitcase.

    Thank you very much.

    Regards,
    Mel

    1. Hi Mel,

      a) 1880 yen + 1990 yen/1170 yen is correct. Because 1720/1820 is the fare for Chizu Kyuko line between Kamigori and Chizu. If you use JR pass, this is the extra fare but Kansai wide area pass does not cover Chizu to Tottori either even though this is a part of JR line. It’s simply outside coverage area.

      b) You can purchase this extra ticket when you exchange/purchase Kansai wide area pass.

      c) I expect it will be busy. It will be weekend and also it will be public school spring break.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thanks so much for your reply. Thus, can I confirm that:

        a) 1880 yen + 1990 yen/1170 yen will completely cover the journey between Kamigori and Tottori?
        b) This fare (non-reserved seat) is covered if I buy the San’in-Okayama Area Pass.
        c) I can buy this extra ticket at any Midori no Madoguchi as well?

        Thanks!

  2. Hello,

    I want to take Super Inaba for my trip to Tottori in late Aug.
    Can I check if I need to reserve my train ticket of Super Inaba? if yes, can you let me know the link?

    (P.S. I have already ordered my West Japan JR pass.)

    Thanks,
    Katy

    1. Hi Katy,

      Reservation is not required but recommended. If you have Sanyo Sanin Area Pass, you can book it at free of charge.
      You cannot book it online. You have to do it at the reservation window, “Midori no Madoguchi”. You can find this window at most of JR stations.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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